I like it because:
1. it is a tool of clear communication. Shancy knows what I want and I am not frustrated. Shancy is happy because she is able to do what I want and not be unhappy because she dosen't know why I'm upset.
2. it dose not risk damage to the lyarnix like choke collars do.
3. it reduces the risk of neck and spine injury that can be caused by head halters by checking the head either up and back or down and back. According to my research these collars don't teach responsibility for actions either.
4. ditto on the responsibility thing with a harness. I don't understand the concept of a harness. You put a harness on an animal so they can pull things... it's the pulling we want to stop! Not make them better able to pull us (of course if you out weigh your dog you may have luck with a harness)
down side of pinch collar
1 you need to know what you're doing
2 not so easy to fit
3 looks like an instrument of torture.
I use the yes-no model of training Shancy. Praise and treats when she dose good things and a check when she dose things I don't want her to.
I strive not to use the word 'no' with Shancy. (no small feat) I strive to give action commands so she knows what to do. Sit. Go get your frisbee. etc.
I really recommend Dog Training for Dummies, by Jack Volhard, Wendy Volhard
Also I try to work with what she can do. She likes to jump on me. I don't like that. However, I am teaching her 'stand'. It is a compromise. She gets to come up, but I don't get bounced on.
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I should probably amend it to say they probably won't pull. My current guy is stubborn, and quite a puller. We had to escalate to the gentle leader for a while, but he's graduated back to the prong collar.
The book you mentioned is available here:
Dog Training For Dummies by Jack & Wendy Volhard (IDG Books, 2001)
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